Luminance Recovery Center Review

Luminance Recovery Centers is California residential substance abuse treatment center located in San Juan Capistrano.  In the beautiful surroundings of this Southern California beach community, people are able to receive care that is grounded in the 12 Steps and is combined with evidence based treatment modalities and holistic methods.  This gives each client a comprehensive treatment plan.  Typically, treatment is for a period of 60 to 90 days, depending on their circumstances.  This upscale facility also can provide medically assisted detoxification if needed.  These patients will also receive 24 hour monitoring by medical staff prior to beginning a treatment plan.

Treatment & Assessment

When an individual decides to enter the substance abuse treatment program, they undergo a full medical, psychiatric and substance abuse assessment with clinical staff.  These allow staff to create a treatment plan that is tailored to meet the client’s needs.    Central to every client’s daily schedule is involvement in 12 Step sessions that introduce the client to the program.  Daily one-on-one and group therapy sessions provide support for all participants.  The Center also provides regular education opportunities covering topics such as addiction, developing coping skills and how to prevent future relapses.   These classes give individuals important skills they will need following treatment. 

For individuals struggling with both substance abuse and mental health disorders, Luminance Recovery Centers provides specialized treatment plans and are certified as a dual-diagnosis rehab facility.  These include counseling groups that are focused on supporting the needs of the client.  If necessary, the center provide medical support for those needing medications for specific mental health disorders. 

The treatment at Luminance Recovery Centers combine established medical practices with holistic methods and nutritional guidance.  This gives clients a solid foundation but they can include other programs (acupuncture, guided meditation, exercise, equine therapy, wilderness therapy) to broaden their treatment plan.  Following completion of the residential program, staff will create a plan the prevent the potential of relapse following discharge. 

Staff Credentials

Luminance Recovery Centers are led by a clinical and medical director.  The centers are staffed with a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, therapists and certified drug and alcohol counselors.  Group facilitators also assist. 

Accommodations and Amenities

Luminance Recover Centers is located in Orange County.  The surrounding scenery of the five facilities is serene and picturesque.  Each eight-bed facility is designed to provide an upscale, homey environment for clients while they are in residence.  Each building features stylishly decorated communal rooms.  From the outdoor patios, clients are able to enjoy the immaculate landscaping and pool area.  The centers combine a wide variety of on-site and off-site recreational activities to encourage long-term lifestyle changes in residents.

What Alumni Say

A lot review sites show that most alumni indicated that the program was excellent.  For example, this is from a review on Yelp, “Luminance offers a supportive environment with different approaches that fit everyone. The staff truly cares from the top down and offers a family like environment.”.  Another alumni client said, “There are detox and treatment centers located all over but I've never encountered one as helpful as Luminance.”

What Staff Say

A survey of staff by revealed that the staff is grateful for the atmosphere that focuses on the whole patient.  They also appreciated the high level of collaboration among all of the staff.  One staff member commented, “I have worked at multiple different treatment facilities throughout the past seven years and this facility is different. The people are different. The model is different. You just have to experience it.  The team is able to work together and quickly address client needs.”


Currently, treatment at Luminance Recovery Centers is roughly $1,000 per day depending on the specific needs of the client.  These fees are capped at $20,000-$35,000 for a month and $60,000 for a 90-day treatment plan.  Private insurance from providers such as Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United HealthCare and CoreSource, are accepted.